A Sociology Source News https://www.johnscottcbe.com/ Latest news from A Sociology Source en-gb (c) John Scott CBE, https://www.johnscottcbe.com/ A Sociology Source https://www.johnscottcbe.com/images/site/rss.jpg https://www.johnscottcbe.com/ 100 100 Latest news from A Sociology Source Twilight of democracy? https://www.johnscottcbe.com/blog/post/twilight-of-democracy Is parliamentary democracy broken? Are the current problems over the handling of Brexit perhaps reflections of something much more problematic about democracy? How should parliamentary democracy operate, what should be the limits on executive power, and how should we regard the rise of populism and alienation from parliament?  I have been reading an old account of the sociological and psychological conditions for democracy that, I think, still offers much to consider about the contemporary political situation following the EU Referendum of 2016... Mon, 25 Nov 2019 09:00:00 +0000 Functionalism Reconsidered https://www.johnscottcbe.com/blog/post/functionalism-reconsidered Is it time to reconsider the idea of 'function'? The criticisms levelled at what was taken to be functionalism during the 1970s and 1980s led to the virtual abandonment of any idea of explaining social processes in terms of their functions... Thu, 26 Sep 2019 09:00:00 +0000 The Social Life of Nothing https://www.johnscottcbe.com/blog/post/the-social-life-of-nothing In an earlier post I announced Susie Scott’s project on narratives of nothing. One of the first outputs from this project has now appeared in the form of the book The Social Life of Nothing (Susie Scott, Routledge, 2019)... Tue, 27 Aug 2019 09:00:00 +0000 Space and Social Space https://www.johnscottcbe.com/blog/post/space-and-social-space Space is an idea that seems obvious and familiar, but what does it mean to talk about 'social space'. In this post I look at a way of theorising space and social space in order to see how we actively produce the space in which we live... Wed, 24 Jul 2019 09:00:00 +0000 Objectivity and Subjectivity https://www.johnscottcbe.com/blog/post/objectivity_and_subjectivity In Objectivity and Subjectivity in Social Research, which I wrote with Gayle Letherby and Malcolm Williams (Sage Publications, 2013), we set out an account of objectivity and truth in relation to the necessarily subjective basis of social knowledge... Mon, 18 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Weber on Stratification https://www.johnscottcbe.com/blog/post/weber_on_stratification It is commonly held that Weber identified three dimensions of stratification: class, status, and party. This has long been the standard view and has been repeated countless times... Thu, 25 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Integration and Social Structure https://www.johnscottcbe.com/blog/post/integration-and-social-structure In my previous post I set out a view of the relationship between the interaction order and social structure. I want now to discuss the forms of integration or malintegration that exist at each level... Sat, 16 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Interaction and Social Structure https://www.johnscottcbe.com/blog/post/interaction-and-social-structure Some of the most powerful approaches in sociology are those that analyse the interactions of individuals. These are often seen as in opposition to more abstract views of social structure... Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Reflections on the 2017 Election https://www.johnscottcbe.com/blog/post/reflections_on_the_2017_election So, the results are in (originally posted June 2017): a huge surge in Labour support - almost 40 per cent of the vote - destroyed the slim Conservative majority and the authority of the Prime Minister... Mon, 09 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000 What are 'British Values' https://www.johnscottcbe.com/blog/post/what-are-british-values Politicians and commentators often talk about the importance of British values and the need for migrants and refugees to respect British values. Such arguments have emerged strongly in debates over terrorism... Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Structures, Subjectivity, and Virtual Reality https://www.johnscottcbe.com/blog/post/structures_subjectivity_and_virtual_reality In an earlier posting I discussed the idea of the 'social mind' and the way in which such a collective consciousness' must be understood as dispersed to and contained in the minds of the individual members of a society... Fri, 30 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Social Consciousness and Social Mind https://www.johnscottcbe.com/blog/post/social_consciousness_and_social_mind In his Division of Labour in Society, Durkheim introduced the idea of 'social consciousness', which he developed through his narrower idea of the 'collective consciousness' as the moral binding force in social life... Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000 Scotland and Scottish society https://www.johnscottcbe.com/blog/post/scotland_and_scottish_society Sociologists of a certain age will recall the courses on 'The Social Structure of Modern Britain' that many of us followed as students or taught as lecturers... Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Reforming Corporate Governance https://www.johnscottcbe.com/blog/post/reforming-corporate-governance The Government is considering establishing a register of the beneficial owners of overseas companies, the so-called Persons with Significant Control (PSCs)... Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000 Narratives of Nothing https://www.johnscottcbe.com/blog/post/narratives_of_nothing It is often remarked that you can have a sociology of anything. It is not so often said that you can have a sociology of nothing, but this is exactly what Susie Scott of Sussex University is trying to develop... Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Relevance and Impact for Sociology https://www.johnscottcbe.com/blog/post/relevance_and_impact_for_sociology A recent book by David Walker (Exaggerated Claims? The ESRC, 50 Years On, London: Sage Publications, 2016) has set out criticisms of sociology for its lack of relevance and engagement with contemporary policy issues... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000 Reforming the Lords https://www.johnscottcbe.com/blog/post/reforming_the_lords Much of my research has concerned status and the dominant classes in relation to political power. One focus has been on the role of the House of Lords in Parliament... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Welcome https://www.johnscottcbe.com/blog/post/welcome Welcome to the Sociology Post. This is the place where I will be posting notes, comments, and reports on sociological matters and issues of sociological relevance... Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000